The Kedah people has a unique way of expressing how they feel, and even certain actions in the day to day conversation. They use a lot of melodramatic paraphrase words to bring most expression to life!!
This is to done with accompanying melodious, almost musical-like intonations!! Somehow listener is drawn into the conversation & he/she will be able to 'see' & 'feel' the words..... Here are some samples:
Dia sakit NYUT-NYUT ... to emphasize intensity of throbbing pain (e.g headache!!)
Dia sakit NGAP-NGAP ... to emphasize intensity of sharp pain (e.g toothache!!)
Keras KEDEKIANG ... to emphasize mega toughness or hardness of something (e.g meat, chicken meat)
Sejok GEDI ..... to emphasize extremities of condition like really cold water during bath, shower, or even food & beverages)
And here are sample of melodious intonation to further express & re-emphasize the magnitude and extremity of the verb... . the sentence will be said like this:
Kepala DIA SAKIT (Stop a while..then continue, take a deep breadth first, then say the next word ). NYOOOOOOOT, NYOOOOOOOT!! (The 'ooot' sound is stretch and melodramatically expressed with a melting eerie melting voice..!!)
Gigi dia SAKIT. NGAAAAAP-NGAAAPPP...!!!
To express a HARD or tough food or thing, here's a sample of how to say it:
Kueh cakoi tu KERAS, KEDEKIANG
(when u come to the word 'KERAS', it is said like this; KER..RUST, KER-THE-KIANG (kiang sound as in young...hehehe!!).